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Creative Arts Therapy: Exhibit and Upcoming Annual Conference

The Hofstra University School of Health Sciences and Human Services hosted an exhibit this week of art works created by individuals from local creative arts therapy programs at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. (UCPN) and The Helen Keller National Center, which helps individuals who are deaf-blind.

Samantha Hasher, a 2006 graduate of Hofstra’s Master of Arts program in creative arts therapy, works with 135 participants in the UCPN program and spoke at the event about how art therapy helps those with developmental disabilities build self esteem and independence.  “This is the most rewarding career I could have chosen,” she said, noting that she got her start with the organization as an intern.  She, in turn, now supervises Hofstra interns.  Art therapist Laura Bollet of the Hellen Keller Center also spoke at the exhibit, which is open to all in Hagedorn Hall, second floor, south campus.

Next up: Hofstra will host its annual conference, Inspirations in Creative Arts Therapy Practice, next Tuesday, March 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 pm in the Multipurpose Room, Mack Student Center, North Campus, featuring keynote speaker and art therapist Judith Rubin, PhD.    To register, visit or contact Co-Program Director of Creative Arts Therapy, Margaret Carlock-Russo, at or 516-463-7259.

Pictured above:  Art therapist Samantha Hasher demonstrates how artists use adaptive equipment to create their works in art therapy.

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